HTC has been having some interesting problems with the G2. For an HTC handset, it seems like there are a lot of minor issues popping up all over the place. I already mentioned the loose hinges issue, but there’s also an issue with the amount of memory the phone ships with. The G2 is supposed to have 4GB of NAND built in, whereas the Desire Z has 2GB of flash memory. More than a few G2’s (including mine) have shipped with 2GB onboard as opposed to the 4GB that it should be. It sounds like a pretty simple assembly line mixup on HTC’s part, but it’s still odd to see so many production issues with an HTC device, regardless of how new it is. I’m supposed to be exchanging mine for a different unit sometime soon, but we’ll see how T-Mobile decides to handle this one.

Edit: A bit of Googling brings me to this thread on the xda-developers forum, which basically says that the G2 ships with a 4GB NAND chip onboard, but the remainder of the memory is not recognized. How T-Mobile/HTC plan to fix this issue still remains to be seen.

Overall though, the G2 has the potential to impress. Great design, a great keyboard, good screen, solid camera/camcorder and good performance. The hinge and battery life are two significant issues that prevent the phone from being great. I suspect T-Mobile's sudden stop of preorders for the G2 has more to do with correcting the build quality issues and less with actually fulfilling demand. There's unfortunately no way around the battery life, but we'll reserve a full conclusion for when we have our entire suite of battery tests complete.

The manufacturing issues aside, G2 seems to live up to the immense hype it had before launch, and T-Mobile seems to have a winner on their hands. Most people who got G1 contracts early on should be set to upgrade right about now, making the G2 doubly attractive to those people. 

For a number of reasons, the G2 strikes a unique place in the market, one that has been sorely missed since the passing of the original G1. As the first top tier GSM Android device with a keyboard (since the G1), the first top tier HTC GSM Android device (since the Nexus One), and the only Android device on any network that’s running a completely stock version of Android, the G2 is going to get a lot of fans really quickly. Let's hope T-Mobile can address the hinge issues quickly enough to avoid disappointing those eager fans.

T-Mobile G2 - Performance, Battery Life, and HSPA+
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  • Ambictus - Thursday, October 07, 2010 - link

    "the first HTC GSM Android device (since the Nexus One)"

    Actually the HTC Aria was released in June on AT&T.
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  • ImSpartacus - Thursday, October 07, 2010 - link

    I think we are to assume that such statements are limited to tier 1 phones. In if it doesn't cost $200, it doesn't count.

    Good catch though, I'm sure Gowri will respond with a proper answer soon.
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  • VivekGowri - Thursday, October 07, 2010 - link

    Good catch, I completely forgot about the Aria. Nothing against it, it's a nice little phone, but it's not a real high end Android device (which is what I was thinking about when I wrote that). ImSpartacus was right, I was basically just looking at the so-called "superphones". Reply
  • Goi - Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - link

    Then there's also the HTC Desire... Reply
  • SDentertainmnt - Thursday, October 07, 2010 - link

    "As the first GSM Android device with a keyboard (since the G1)"
    I Believe the Tmobile MyTouch Slide fits that description and has been out for months now :)
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  • VivekGowri - Thursday, October 07, 2010 - link

    I just got owned. Thanks for catching my mistakes you guys! :) Reply
  • vol7ron - Thursday, October 07, 2010 - link

    You could replace the phrase, "the first device since..." with, "since ... there haven't been too many other (if any) devices that..." and fix all your mistakes in one swoop :) Reply
  • ImSpartacus - Thursday, October 07, 2010 - link

    When the Engadgets of the world are all posting their G2 REviews, AT is posting its PREview.

    I <3 Anandtech's thoroughness.
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  • mino - Thursday, October 07, 2010 - link

    Actually, considering that the mass-produced units may have a bunch of the issues taken care of there is nothing wrong about it.

    Not forgetting that an AT "Preview" usually has about as much useful data in as an Average "Review" ... It is not hard to churn out 20 pages of spin.

    To me it seems a limited amount of AT man-hours along with probable-to-be-corrected-soon type of device is the reason.
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  • vol7ron - Thursday, October 07, 2010 - link

    I think he was saying that AT takes the time to do the reviews right? Reply

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